Benedict Arnold - Siege of Yorktown PowerPoint and Graphic Organizer

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Benedict Arnold. Siege of Yorktown.

Key words include:
- General Henry Clinton
- Benedict Arnold
- Comte de Rochambeau
- Admiral Comte de Grasse
- Siege
- Supply route
- Battle of Yorktown
- Charles Cornwallis

This PowerPoint presentation examines:
- Benedict Arnold and what caused him to leave the Continental Army.
- West Point, (what and where it is) and how Arnold secretly plotted to turn it over to the British.
- Major John Andre, his role as a spy and his execution.
- Charles Cornwallis’ plan to move into Virginia to cut off the Patriot’s supply routes.
- Washington’s decision to attack the British in New York or Virginia, and Rochambeau’s role in persuading Washington to go after Cornwallis in the south.
- The reasons behind why British General Clinton ordered Cornwallis to secure a seaport in Virginia.
- Students analyze a map of the siege of Yorktown and understand how bad communication played a part in Cornwallis becoming trapped by American and French troops.
-Students are asked to examine why the British band chose to play “The World Turned Upside Down” as Cornwallis surrendered his troops to Washington.

Overarching Question (Thinking Focus Question):
How did the Americans and French defeat the British at Yorktown?

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Lesson 3: Declaration of Independence Part 1
Lesson 4: Declaration of Independence Part 2
Lesson 5: Battle of Long Island, Trenton and Princeton
Lesson 6: Battle of Saratoga
Lesson 7: John Paul Jones Battles of Vincennes Moore's Creek
Lesson 8: Battle of Kings Mtn, Cowpens, Guilford Court House
Lesson 9: Benedict Arnold and The Siege of Yorktown
Lesson 10: Treaty of Paris
UNIT: American Revolutionary War

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Total Pages
31-slide PowerPoint presentation, 3-page graphic organizer
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Teaching Duration
55 Minutes

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